Category: Summer

Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

If you’re a regular here, you know that Tomato Envy is definitely not “all tomatoes, all the time.” But, if you’re new here, then it might seem as though it is. Blogs by nature have a way of getting a little self-indulgent, and this is no exception. This time of year is all about tomatoes for me, […]

August 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Baked Eggplant Gratin

Baked Eggplant Gratin

Eggplant harvested right from the Tomato Envy garden is one of my favorite end-of-summer treats. I said last year that I was going to grow less eggplant, but it didn’t happen. This year though, I’m much better equipped with eggplant recipes so that none of it goes to waste. Compared to standard supermarket eggplant, the world […]

August 7, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Mediterranean Grilled Corn Salad with Halloumi Cheese

Mediterranean Grilled Corn Salad with Halloumi Cheese

One of my favorite summer flavors, besides that of fresh ripe tomatoes, is the unbeatable flavor of grilled foods. You just can’t achieve it indoors. A few years ago, Mr. President and I treated ourselves to a little housewarming gift and bought a Big Green Egg which is the bomb diggity of charcoal cookers. And, […]

July 31, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

You know that one outfit you have in your closet that makes you look fabulous and feel like a rock star? Maybe it’s your perfectly-tailored interview suit, a little black dress or that one pair of jeans that makes you look like arm candy, but you know what I’m talking about. You want everyone you […]

July 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Bourbon-Preserved Sour Cherries

Bourbon-Preserved Sour Cherries

“Abra, abra-cadabra….I wanna reach out and grab ya…” I sang softly to myself on a rainy Saturday while pitting sour cherries against a soundtrack of insidious earworms thanks to a marathon 80s #1 hit countdown with WXPN, our favorite public radio station. Sour cherries have a season that’s as fleeting as an 80s one-hit wonder, available for only 2-3 […]

July 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce

I have just given myself a new title: VP of Tomato Management. I can no longer just call myself a decent gardener because the Tomato Envy gardens are a huge success this year. My raised beds are pumping out a wide variety of fresh veggies. And the tomatoes! I’ve harvested more than 200 pounds of them […]

September 15, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Pickled Nectarines

Pickled Nectarines

In life, things you’ve not yet discovered lie patiently in wait for just the right moment to suddenly start nudging you from all directions, begging for attention. That’s exactly what happened to me with pickled fruit. Pickled fruit is something that didn’t occur to me until this summer. Then suddenly, I started seeing recipes for pickled […]

September 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes

Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes

Have you noticed a little bit of a tomato theme here lately? I’m knee deep in ’em, people! The cooler weather, particularly the nights dropping down into the 50s, has slowed down the 14 unwieldy plants towering over the Tomato Envy gardens, but I’m still getting tons and tons of cherry tomatoes. Just last night, […]

August 26, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

  What’s better than comforting tomato soup on a cold night? How about made-from-scratch fresh tomato basil soup bursting with the flavor of local, vine-ripened tomatoes? Now, imagine it’s already been made and all you need to do is heat it up! This soup is like summer in a bowl. I’m currently dealing with some extremely […]

August 15, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Crispy Refrigerator Pickles to the Rescue

Crispy Refrigerator Pickles to the Rescue

Here’s a stupid first world problem: I have too much fresh food. One of the biggest successes of my garden this year is the Satsuki Midori cucumber. Now that they’ve kicked into high gear, it’s not uncommon for me to harvest ten of these beauties at a time. When I planted my garden this spring, […]

July 25, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More